Browsing: Global

For Stony Brook researcher Isaiah Nengo, paleontology is a lot like gambling. Many long days of field work in Kenya’s arid and barren Turkana Basin reveal very little. Most of the time, Nengo walks away empty-handed. But at night, he’s constantly thinking about what the next day might hold. He’s drawn back to the basin day after day in search of clues about the area’s ancient past. “We’re trying to reconstruct the ancient landscape — to bring it back to life. We want to know what the landscape looked like, what the vegetation was like, what animals lived there, what…

As part of STEM awareness, the Spellman Clean Tech Competition focuses on the need to solve global environmental challenges through scientific methodology and innovative thinking among high school students. Culled from the 1,305 students on 547 teams from 39 nations that participated in this competition, 10 finalist teams have been selected to compete in the 2018 Spellman High Voltage Electronics Clean Tech Competition finals on Thursday, July 12, at the Charles B. Wang Center. Four teams from the United States as well as three from Singapore, and one each from Ireland, Australia, and Peru will vie for $30,000 in cash…

The Stony Brook Film Festival has always been about great storytelling. This year’s festival, which is in its 23rd year and running from July 19 to July 28, is no exception. “The Stony Brook Film Festival is about great films from the U.S. and around the world,” said Alan Inkles, founder and director of the Stony Brook Film Festival and director of the Staller Center for the Arts. “As in years past, we have all genres covered in the festival, from strong narratives and documentaries to comedies, thrillers and even science fiction.” Bookending the festival’s opening and closing nights are hard-hitting…

Scientists in Madagascar have for the first time performed DNA sequencing in-country using novel, portable technology to rapidly identify the bacteria responsible for tuberculosis (TB) and its drug resistance profile. The project, led by a global team of doctors and scientists from Madagascar’s National TB Program, Stony Brook University, the Institut Pasteur Madagascar (IPM), University of Oxford and the European Bioinformatics Institute (EMBL-EBI) is seeking to transform the surveillance, diagnosis and treatment of TB and other infectious diseases in Madagascar. This is the first time DNA sequencing has been performed in Madagascar – enabled through deployment of the portable, affordable…

Most people still think of drones as weapons. At Stony Brook University, however, researchers and students are pioneering the peaceful use of drones – also known as Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) –  for scientific and humanitarian purposes. They’re deploying these unpiloted flying machines to bring healthcare to remote villages in Africa, to aid in research and discovery in Antarctica and for fun and exploration on campus. Drones are taking Stony Brook research and the University’s commitment to global citizenship to places never before imagined. Helping humanity Ranomafana National Park in Madagascar is isolated, and the journey there is a grueling…

Stony Brook University Distinguished Professor of Anthropology Patricia Wright has been honored with the City University of New York Graduate Center’s 2018 President’s Distinguished Alumni Medal for her many years of research and conservation work in Madagascar. Professor Wright is best known for her study of social and family interactions of wild lemurs in Ranomafana National Park, a 106,000-acre World Heritage Site that she helped establish with the government of Madagascar. The park is home to many endangered species, including several species of lemur that she almost certainly saved from extinction. She is also founder of Centre ValBio, a world-class research station…

On July 12, 2018, Stony Brook University is joining The Center for Science Teaching and Learning (CSTL) in presenting the Spellman High Voltage Electronic Clean Tech Competition. The event, open to the public, will take place in the Wang Center. As a highly rated “green” college, Stony Brook University is proud to host this international competition for a second year in a row. The campus invites everyone to join the event and meet these innovative students and see their projects. The world-wide, pre-college youth competition encourages participants to address real-world issues with a scientific understanding through research and design methods.…

Stony Brook University Professor Patricia Wright will discuss “Plants and Their Preservation from Long Island to Madagascar” on Wednesday, May 2, at 6:30 pm as part of the Ward Melville Heritage Organization’s “Let’s Talk: Above, Below and Beyond” series. Professor Wright will talk about efforts to preserve the world’s endangered forests and the species and animals they harbor. The talk will be held at the WMHO Educational and Cultural Center in Stony Brook Village. General admission is $15, Charter Society members is $10. Reservations are required; call (631) 689-5888. Refreshments will be served. For more information, visit wmho.org or call…

Redoubling its strategic commitment to global engagement, Stony Brook University is ramping up its outreach and recruitment efforts, aided by a battery of tools and tactics now in place to achieve even greater internationalization. Five years ago, President Samuel L. Stanley Jr. laid out a strategic vision aimed at enhancing the University’s engagement with the world: “Stony Brook University will have a global impact through focused and well-resourced engagements with select international partners in critical areas of education and research, and by increasing the number of students who engage in international programs.” That vision was triggered by three key factors:…

Throughout the month of April, student groups and campus departments highlight the rich Asian heritage through programs, performances, and discussions. This year, Stony Brook’s Taiwanese Student Association (TSA) transformed the SAC Plaza into a traditional Taiwanese night market on Friday, April 13. TSA collaborated with the Weekend Life Council to hold the annual event outside for the first time ever, making the experience more realistic when compared to actual night markets in Taiwan. Night markets have a long cultural history with roots dating all the way back to the Tang dynasty in 836 AD. Although night markets are traditionally a…

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